Monday, March 26, 2012

BBC: Senegal poll 'example for Africa'

People on the streets in Dakar celebrate Senegal's election result

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Senegal's presidential election, which saw the incumbent concede defeat peacefully, has been hailed as a "great victory for democracy" in Africa.

President Abdoulaye Wade has accepted that he was defeated by Macky Sall in Sunday's run-off.

The African Union said Mr Wade's concession showed "maturity" in the country's democracy while the European Union called Senegal a "great example".

Mr Sall addressed thousands of cheering supporters in the capital, Dakar.

He promised to be a president for all Senegalese people.

The president-elect, 50, said the poll marks a "new era" for the country. 

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